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D-Backs start another Gonzo season

Mon 3/31
Hunter S. Thompson first defined the word "gonzo" in the '70s with his drug-fueled journalism. In 2001, the term was redefined by an outfielder who drove in the winning run in the bottom of Game 7's ninth inning for your Arizona Diamondbacks.The D-Backs announced last week that Luis Gonzalez, in the final year of a four-year deal with the team, signed a contract extension. After Gonzo's 2002 season was cut short, fans should be happy to know that he's healthy and planning on sticking around.

The team's 2003 season kicks off at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 3:05 p.m. Monday, March 31. Call 480-784-4444 for tickets.Brendan Joel Kelley

Sat 3/29
In-the-Wild Ride
You're at peace with skintight Lycra shorts and you're not afraid of helmet head, so what's keeping you from mountain biking? Get your feet wet when Estrella Mountain Regional Park presents Ride With the Ranger, Saturday, March 29, at 8:30 a.m. Call 623-932-3811 for information.Craig Wallach

Base instinct: Gonzo eyes the skies.
Base instinct: Gonzo eyes the skies.
Pedal power: Ride with a ranger at Estrella Mountain Park.
Pedal power: Ride with a ranger at Estrella Mountain Park.
Foot work: Champions event gives kids a leg up.
Jason Hill
Foot work: Champions event gives kids a leg up.

Sat 3/29
Serves Them Right
Ladies, here's a chance to show off your inner Serena while making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Check out the Serve for the Cure Ladies Round Robin Tennis Tournament on Saturday, March 29, at the Radisson Resort and Spa, 7171 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. If your inner Serena belongs on Bewitched rather than a tennis court, you can participate by bidding on luxuries at the Spa for the Cure silent auction. Call 480-905-2882 for more information.– Brendan Joel Kelley

Sun 3/30
Running Mates
Kick off the blankies Sunday morning and race to Eldorado Park for Champions for Children, a timed 5K run, 5K walk and kids' dash to benefit Childhelp USA, a forerunner in the prevention and treatment of child abuse. At 8 a.m., get pumped in an aerobic warm-up led by the Phoenix Suns Dancers. Add a DJ to spin your faves and a couple of Krispy Kremes, and you're tanked with rocket fuel. Walk, run or dash to show abused kids you love them thiiiiis much.

Registration – $20, $12 for kids and seniors – begins at 7 a.m. The park is located at 2311 North Miller, north of McDowell on 77th Street, in Scottsdale. Call 480-585-6346 for details. Kim Toms

 
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